Monday, November 13, 2017

Favorite Birthday Ever--Serving Others

First off I just want to say thank you for all the birthday wishes! Especially my wonderful mother who is the best mother in the whole wide!!--20 years old, but still feeling like I’m 16. 

This week if, I’m being honest, passed by reallllly slow!! Since it is the beginning of a new transfer we are trying to find new people to teach. Let me tell you it is not all that easy contacting people all day long and knocking on doors seeing if people want to receive the restored gospel. We encountered all sorts of people this week--people who just want you to give them the invite to church and leave them alone, others who are anti-mormon and will ask you questions all day long criticizing the church, or others who stop you in the street and start crying and pouring out all their feelings to you when you don’t even know their names, and others who accept your invite but don’t live in your area so you can’t teach them. I’m just kidding. There is a bright side to this story everyone! We have been teaching a family who lives next door to a member in the ward who is so excited about the gospel it warms my heart. Viviane, our investigator, is way more excited about church and now stays the whole time. On Tuesday she invited us to come over and have dinner with her. They are going to make us food from japan because her husband is from Japan. I am excited because it is not rice and beans (which is all they eat here in brazil)!! 

It was raining a lot this week but stopped and was beautiful on Saturday on my birthday. I prayed to Heavenly Father and told him that if I could have one present for my birthday it would be a beautiful day so we could work hard on Saturday!! I can tell you for sure he answered my prayers! It didn’t feel like my birthday on Saturday. I had to tell myself the whole day that it was my birthday. We had a normal day finding new people to teach and teaching our investigators. One woman we are teaching didn’t know about Mormons and thought the Book of Mormon was our bible. We explained that we believe in the bible and the Book of Mormon. She was really interested and said she will read! My favorite family in this ward made lunch for me and made a cake for my birthday it was so sweet. I think this was one of my favorite birthdays--serving others.

The primary program here was on Sunday and let me tell you it was the cutest thing ever--kids singing primary songs in Portuguese. Doesn’t get better then that. The spirit was so strong. Viviane’s little girl was singing in the primary program as well. I have never been so happy!!

I love you all! Thanks for everything!!

Until next weeekkkkk.

Sister Erickson

Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy November Everyone!

Helloooo Everyone!! 

These past couple of weeks have been the last weeks of the transfer. Leonardo got baptized on October 28th Wahoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a great day! For those of you who don’t remember Leonardo, he is 19 years old who plays rugby and goes to college and he is a friend of one of the families in our ward. His baptism was a success. Everyone came and supported him--less actives and members-- and we had lots of goodies there as well. In the beginning, Sis Oliveira and I almost made the church turn into a pool because we almost overflowed the baptismal font. hahahhahha. Don’t worry, we didn’t. Leonardo was so happy the next day at church he showed up in a suit to receive the Holy Ghost. The gospel really changes lives. My hope is that in a year he can serve a mission and change other people’s lives as well. 

I am sad to say that unfortunately I am on to my 3rd umbrella here in Curitiba. It rains like cats and dogs with a wind that blows so strong it destroys my umbrellas. Curitiba: Sister Erickson 0! It is very hard to work in the rain because there is no one in the streets and no one wants to let us in because we are soaking wet. Jane our investigator came to church with us the other week and loved it. She is still trying to stop smoking. We are trying to help her set goals and make plans. I know she will overcome this addiction she has. 

This last Thursday Sister Oliveira and I got sick. We think we ate something in the house of a less active that made us sick. Sister Oliveira stayed in bed all day Friday and couldn’t get up because she was feeling really bad. I took care of her like my loving mom took care of me when I was sick. Thanks Mom, for all you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was feeling fine until Friday night when I started throwing up but I woke up Saturday morning feeling well.

We are now starting a new transfer and I am staying with sister Oliveira in Capao da Imbuia for one more transfer (or more). I hope this transfer will be great!! I know God is preparing his children to hear the gospel.

Thanks everyone for your love and support. Remember to be a light in someone’s life this week!!

Love you allllllll


Sister Tahlia Grace Erickson 

A Week With No Email

Monday, October 23, 2017

OLAAAA MEU POVO! (my people)

This week has been a good week. Not much has happened. It has been a week full of work again.... surprise!! ahah. This week the weather here has been crazy. It has been raining every single day and freezing cold and also burning hot. I don’t really understand the weather here.

Well this past week we encountered a woman named Jane. We have been teaching her and she has been accepting everything we teach her. She has a problem with smoking but she has a desire to stop. We are trying everything we can to help her. The light in her eyes is so amazing when we teach her about the gospel. She is looking for the right religion and it’s her lucky day because she found it!!

Our other investigator is Viviane. We found out isn’t married to her husband legally. This is our next step now--to marry her. Good thing she and her husband have a desire to get married. Their whole family went to church with us yesterday and it was amazing to see an entire family there!!—a dream come true for a missionary.

Leonardo is preparing to be baptized this Saturday. I hope everything will go well for him. Sister Oliveira and I are soo excited for him. He is very excited as well. 

Time is flying by people--half way done with the mission. TIme is passing by faster then I can even imagine!! 

Amo vocĂȘs! 

Sister Erickson 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy October everyoneee!!

Photos of my favorite family and one of our investigators!!
A drawing that my companion did of us!
Food that a member made for us

Happy October everyoneee!! Wow time is flying by!! This weeeek has beeen great!! To start off this email, we marked 2 baptismal dates with our investigators!! I am soooo excited it’s been a long time coming with them but we finally marked a date. Wahooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! We marked dates with our investigators Jimmy and Leonardo. They are both at the age when they can serve a mission. I hope with all my heart that they will get to serve missions and help others come unto Christ. 

Funny storyyy everyone! So on Sunday my companion and I missed Sacrament meeting. Let me tell you why! In the United States we have a thing called Daylight Savings right?? Well here in good old Brasil they have daylight savings as well. The time jumped forward here--one hour forward. Well the time moved forward at 12 am Sunday morning when we were sleeping, but NO ONE BOTHERED TO TELL US!! We woke up on Sunday morning thinking it was the same old time, getting ready for church and leaving our house early to pick up our investigators for church. Our church starts at 9:30 am. I had planned to leave the house at 9:00 to pick up our investigators and arrive at church early. Nooo rus--I was feeling good. Anyways, 8:55 roles around and a member called us...."SISTERS WHERE ARE YOU?? YOU ARE MISSING SACRAMENT MEETING!!!" My companion was talking with this member and my companion thought she was joking with us, but she wasn’t. I have never gotten ready so fast in my entire life. The phone that we have is from the time period of ADAM AND EVE and doesn’t move the time ahead because we don’t have Internet. I have never felt so sad to miss sacrament meeting and we didn’t get the opportunity to pick up our investigators. We arrived in church practically running into sacrament meeting hoping we hadn’t missed the entire thing. We got to listen to one hymn and one talk. At least we caught some of it. 

From my email last we I sent some pictures with my feet that looked like I have a disease. It rained really hard one day and we were walking in the street and the color of my shoes bled on my feet. Also yes those are tan lines on my feet. The mission does wonders to our feet:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loveeee you alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll I hope you have a great weeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!! 

Sister Erickson!!